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USHL leads the world on NHL Central Scouting List

10/04/2017, 11:30am CDT

49 active USHL players listed on NHL Central Scouting's Preliminary List leads all junior leagues, 12 additional alumni listed.

NHL Central Scouting released their Preliminary Players to Watch list Oct. 3 in preparation for the 2017 NHL Draft. The annual list identifies players using the following criteria:


  • A Rating – indicates a 1st round candidate
  • B Rating – indicates a 2nd/3rd round candidate
  • C Rating – indicates a 4th/5th/6th round candidate
  • LV (Limited Viewing) – injured players who have not had sufficient viewing to be categorized


49 players on USHL rosters this season were named to the list. The 49 players were the most of any junior league in the world. In addition, 12 USHL alumni who played last season were named to the list, seven of which are still playing college hockey or a hockey league that allows for college eligibility. In total, 52 players with USHL ties are currently committed or playing college hockey including 20 A-rated or B-rated skaters.


The news comes after the 2017 NHL Draft in which every USHL team had at least one player selected in the NHL Draft. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season were committed to NCAA Division I schools.  


Nine USHL teams featured multiple players on NHL Central Scouting’s list: Team USA (17), Des Moines Buccaneers (4), Lincoln Stars (4), Muskegon Lumberjacks (4), Central Illinois Flying Aces (3), Sioux City Musketeers (3), Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2), Tri-City Storm (2) and Youngstown Phantoms (2). All 17 USHL teams had at least one player listed by NHL Central Scouting on the Preliminary Players to Watch list for the second consecutive year.

USHL Players

Rating Position Name Team NCAA Commitment
A F Joel Farabee Team USA Boston
A D Mattias Samuelsson Team USA Michigan
A F Oliver Wahlstrom Team USA Harvard
B D Michael Callahan Central Illinois Flying Aces Providence
B F Blake McLaughlin Chicago Steel Minnesota
B G Jacob Kucharski Des Moines Buccaneers Providence
B D Christian Krygier Lincoln Stars Wisconsin
B D Cole Krygier Lincoln Stars Wisconsin
B F Jachym Kondelik Muskegon Lumberjacks
B F Martin Pospisil Sioux City Musketeers St. Lawrence
B F Sampo Ranta Sioux City Musketeers Wisconsin
B F Jaxon Nelson Sioux Falls Stampede Minnesota
B D Ty Emberson Team USA Wisconsin
B F Jonathan Gruden Team USA Miami
B D K'Andre Miller Team USA Wisconsin
B D Adam Samuelsson Team USA Boston College
B D Bode Wilde Team USA Michigan
B F Jack Drury Waterloo Black Hawks Harvard
B F Jay O'Brien Youngstown Phantoms Providence
C D Tyler Jubenvill Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Bemidji State
C F Timothy Walsh Cedar Rapids RoughRiders Boston College
C F Tyler Madden Central Illinois Flying Aces Northeastern
C G Zach Stejskal Central Illinois Flying Aces Minnesota Duluth
C F Braden Costello Des Moines Buccaneers North Dakota
C D William MacKinnon Des Moines Buccaneers Denver
C D Colin Ugbekile Des Moines Buccaneers
C D Aidan Fulp Dubuque Fighting Saints Western Michigan
C F Ryan Savage Fargo Force Miami
C F Noah Prokop Green Bay Gamblers Nebraska Omaha
C F Paul Cotter Lincoln Stars Western Michigan
C F Philippe Lapointe Lincoln Stars Michigan
C F Ryan O'Reilly Madison Capitols Denver
C D Marc Delgaizo Muskegon Lumberjacks Umass
C D Travis Mitchell Muskegon Lumberjacks Cornell
C F Mathias Emilio Pettersen Muskegon Lumberjacks Denver
C F Jack Randl Omaha Lancers Michigan
C F Samuel Salonen Sioux City Musketeers
C F Patrick Giles Team USA Boston College
C F Patrick Goldowski Team USA Penn State
C F Gavin Hain Team USA North Dakota
C F Erik Middendorf Team USA Denver
C G Jon Mor Team USA
C F Jacob Pivonka Team USA Notre Dame
C D Spencer Stastney Team USA Notre Dame
C F Tyler Weiss Team USA Boston
C F Jake Wise Team USA Boston
C F Wyllum Deveaux Tri-City Storm Harvard
C D Tony Malinowski Tri-City Storm Minnesota State
C F Curtis Hall Youngstown Phantoms Yale

USHL Alumni

Rating Position Name USHL Team Current Team
A F Andrei Svechnikov Muskegon Lumberjacks Barrie Colts (OHL)
A D Quintin Hughes Team USA Michigan (NCAA)
A F Brady Tkachuk Team USA Boston (NCAA)
C D Alec Regula Chicago Steel London Knights (OHL)
C F Isaac Johnson Des Moines Buccaneers Tri-City Americans (WHL)
C G Daniel Lebedeff Madison Capitols Janesville Jets (NAHL)
C G Todd Scott Sioux City Muskeeters Vancouver Giants (WHL)
C F Blade Jenkins Team USA Saginaw Spirit (OHL)
C G Keegan Karki Team USA
C D Nathan Knoepke Team USA Minnesota (NCAA)
C F Michael Pastujov Team USA Michigan (NCAA)
C F Jack Perbix Team USA Elk River (USHS)


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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